Israel hits dozens of 'Iranian' targets in Syria after rocket fire

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Iranian forces in Syria launched a rocket attack on Israeli army bases in the Golan Heights early on Thursday, Israel said, prompting one of the heaviest Israeli barrages against Syria since the conflict there began in 2011.

The heightened tension comes in the wake of the announcement by President Donald Trump that the U.S. would pull out of the worldwide deal with Iran.

Just hours after United State President Donald Trump chose to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal despite opposition from European allies, Israel allegedly launched a missile attack on Damascus.

Last month, an air strike on the T-4 air base near Syria's Homs city killed seven Iranians.

Putin was set later on Wednesday to hold talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who backed Trump's decision.

In a bilateral meeting after the celebrations, Netanyahu said that Israel has the "obligation and right to defend itself against Iranian aggression, from Syrian territory".

The Israeli NZIV site, quoting Syrian sources in Arabic, said that at least 32 individuals were killed in the strike, including a high ranking general and several other officers.

Approximately an hour and a half later, the Hezbollah-affiliated al-Manar news outlet reported that Syrian army air defenses were responding to an Israeli air strike against a target southwest of Damascus.

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State media reported that Syrian air defenses had brought down tens of Israeli missiles but added "some of them managed to target a number of air defense (positions), radar and an ammunition depot", state news agency SANA said.

"Israel fully supports President Trump's bold decision", Netanyahu said, thanking him for "courageous leadership".

"We know that comes from the al-Quds force", Conricus said, referring to the special forces unit affiliated with Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

The attempted Iranian strike against Israel on April 19 was reportedly foiled by the Russian military, which interdicted or shot down the Iranian drones before they could reach Israeli airspace.

Israel has not commented on the reports, but its government has vowed to stop what it considers Iran's military "entrenchment" in Syria.

A tank can be seen on a flatbed trailer as it is carried on a road near the Israeli side of the border with Syria in the Golan Heights Wednesday.

Israel insisted it did not want to escalate the situation and encouraged its citizens to continue their daily routine.

Israeli activity in Syria has drastically increased in the aftermath of a coordinated attack on the latter by the United States, United Kingdom and France.

"Rather than blocking Iran's path to the bomb, the deal actually paved Iran's path to an entire arsenal of nuclear bombs", Netanyahu said.